VAN HALEN, AEROSMITH and Billy Joel are set to headline the Stone Music Festival at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia this weekend. VAN HALEN lead singer David Lee Roth, Joel and members of AEROSMITH held a press conference at 11 a.m. local time today to discuss their appearance at the event. A video report from Yahoo! can be seen below.
“We loved VAN HALEN in the beginning, but they got so big so fast that we offset each other on tour and we never saw them,” AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler said. “We’ve been following them ever since and I’m always honoured to see them backstage. Every time I look into their eyes, I see a camaraderie that knocks me over, so I love those guys.
“Billy is my idol because he’s been around forever and every time I turn on the radio, I hear him. I’m an old fan of people who write their own music.”
Said Roth: “I always refer to what Billy Joel‘s doing on stage with his musical dynamic and his arrangements in terms of ‘look how many folks he’s worked with, listen to the loud and soft, listen to the fast and slow.’
“I went to school at the college of musical knowledge, the AEROSMITH. We were reflecting that, although we didn’t serve together, we’ve all been trained in the same road work, the same hotel mill, the same cutting of the various record companies and management agencies. Even though we haven’t played together, we certainly got educated by the same good guys and bad guys. I see me reflected in their eyes.”
Joel: “I tried to do the thing in ‘Jump’, but I split my pants. I couldn’t do the move. The guys in AEROSMITH, we’ve been friends together because we’re all from the same neck of the woods, from Boston and New York, and I’ve met them many times, so we’re good, good friends.”
The Stone Music Festival was inspired by a cult ’70s biker film named “Stone”. Released in 1974, the exploitation movie starred Ken Shorter as an undercover cop assigned to discover who is murdering members of an outlaw biker gang named the Gravediggers.